How I Conquered The Fear of Math

From my kindergarten to grade 2 years, I loved math a lot.  It was peanuts. Yakang yaka.

But the love for the numbers started to wane my teachers started to discuss about fractions, and decimals, natural numbers, integers, rational, real, complex numbers, etc. Complicated student life because of mathematics!

So the fear of math went on from grade four up to high school. Life became even more complicated and miserable because of trigonometry, advanced algebra, geometry, statistics, and most of all our math teachers! It even came to a point that my school had to summon my father because of my failing grades in Math!

I could not see the practical value of those mathematics subjects back then. Continue reading

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Practical Profitable Odorless Pig-Raising Seminar

My agri-business venture HappyFarmingPH will be offering its first “Practical Profitable Odorless Pig-Raising” seminar to be conducted by my friend and business partner Doy Alvarez of Lavins Farm as the Trainer.

This will be the pilot program of our farming and livestock business that will cover various topics on agriculture.

For this particular seminar, the topics will include:
Guidelines in Building an Odor-free Piggery
Managing Odor-free Piggery
The Business Side of Practical Hograising
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Personal Finance Lessons from “House Husband”

I spent my most of my weekend with my wife and child at home just playing with each other, munching lots of finger snacks, and watching movies from the internet. And of course, we prayed constantly for our loves ones and kababayans back home to be safe from the approaching storm.

I seldom watch Filipino movies but my wife just really likes Judy Ann Santos. Personally, I’ve met Judy Ann in two ocassions in the past. One was during her shoot of a famous sardine brand’s commercial and the other one was in an event we’ve attended in Makati in the late 90′s. Other say she’s a “suplada” but I can say she’s a very simple lady and a very down-to-earth type of person.

So this weekend was spent watching about six English movies and one Judy Ann-Ryan Agoncillo 2011 comedy-drama movie entitled “House Husband”. *The story revolves around a married couple, Mia (Judy Ann Santos) and Rod (Ryan Agoncillo), who have a bunch of problems and endless arguments. Since then Rod has resigned from his job and made Mia find another one, while he takes charge of household chores and their children. (*Wikipedia) Continue reading

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The People Who Grew “Money” Have No Money At All

Have you ever wondered what your Philippine banknote or perang papel is made of?

The truth is that it’s not just paper. It’s not just ordinary sinulid or some gold dusts. Our local banknotes are mostly made of cotton and 20% abaca.

In case you don’t know what abaca is, take a look at the photo below of abaca trees and abaca fiber being dried.  Continue reading

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Of Red Flags and Investment Scams

“I have investment for everyone who are interested.
Invest 10k for 6months time.
And the end of 6months
You get 15500 fixed amount. Pm me.

No scam
No bogus
No networking
Pure investment” Continue reading

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ALERT! New Scams To Avoid Before 2015

It took us several months to add more to our list of potential fraudsters and scammers before the end of the year 2014. But at least we’re doing all we can to help you be informed about these money and reputation killers.

So, have you though about protecting your bonus this coming Christmas season? Just be reminded that it pays to study first any business offer before investing your hard-earned cash.

So without further ado, whatever ado means, here are a few more teeth-nashers and fist-clenching online and offline sons-of-a-GONE that you shouldn’t even think about putting your money in. Continue reading

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Picket Lines: Dialogues Between Eves, Among Eves and For Eves

Our poet friend and financial literacy advocacy supporter Kooky Tuason is launching “Picket Lines”, a coffee table book about female power and beauty expressed through poetry and visual expression. It features 100 photos of women with poems written on their bodies. Picket Lines embeds poetry on select women’s skin and images to make powerful statements about the lives of women.

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Does God Look At Your Numbers?

We have been teaching about saving money. We have been teaching about growing them in investment placements such as the stock market or in businesses. We have been teaching about setting goals for our future. But is stacking up wealth the ultimate and only thing in life that we need to do?

In the Parable of the Talents, there were three servants who were entusted by their masters with “talents”. The first servant was given five talents; the second one with two talents, and the third one with one talent.

For those who are wondering what those “talents” mean in the Bible, this is not about the physical gifts or skills such as singing, dancing, playing basketball, being good in math, et. al. The word talent here pertains to the unit of measurement used for weighing precious metals such as silver or gold. It is also a unit of currency used for computing a laborer’s wage. One talent is equivalent to 6,000 denarii or equivalent to twenty years of work of an ordinary laborer. Continue reading

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What is Warren Buffet’s Golden Rule in Investing?

First of all, Warren’s last name is pronounced as ‘Buh-phet’. As in Bah-fet. Not “Booh-fay”. Got it?

Now, who is Warren Buffet?

Warren is an American business mogul, investor and philanthropist. He is considered as the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is also the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway (a holding company that owns Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, etc. and partially Coca-Cola, American Express, and IBM).

Recently, he bought battery legend Duracell in exchange of about $4billion worth ff Procter and Gamble shares that he held for quite sometime. He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was even named in 2012 by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people. Continue reading

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